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Top 8 Spots in the US to Watch the Solar Eclipse From Your Boat

Top 8 Spots in the US to Watch the Solar Eclipse From Your Boat

Looking for a place to anchor on Aug. 21, 2017?

On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Some of us in the path of totality will see our first total solar eclipse in almost 100 years. If you’re lucky enough to be in the path where the moon with will completely cover the corona, you will be treated to a truly out of this world experience.

For boaters and leisure cruisers alike we are used to chasing the sun. Here are 8 unique locations to watch the solar eclipse from your vessel:

Bulls Bay, SC

For the beach bum, Bulls Bay is regarded for its pristine wildlife refuge and national forest encompassing thousands of acres of beautiful barrier islands and long leaf pines along the Carolina Coast.  

The Bay is situated in a historic passage where the Sewee and Santee Native Americans lived and where the Shrimping and Crabbing Villages of McClellanville and Awendaw now exist.

Eclipse begins at 2:49:02 PM EDT. Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

Little Tennesse River/Fort Loudoun Historic Park (Vonore, TN)

For the historian, Fort Loudoun State Historic Park is located in the valley of the Little Tennessee River, near the Great Smoky Mountains.  On land, enjoy the comforts of true southern culture and food. You can also visit the reconstruction of the original 1756 Fort Loudoun which was built by the British during the French and Indian War

Eclipse begins at 1:04:36 PM EDT. Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 29.9 seconds.

Ohio River/Shawnee National Forest (Herod, IL)

For the outdoorsman and known as “The Little Smokies of Ohio”. Shawnee National Forest is located on the Ohio River and offers a total eclipse view point.

8,000 acres of wilderness, 60 miles of hiking trails, fishing and 58 horse camp sites create a truly magical solar eclipse experience.

Eclipse begins at 11:43:41 AM C. Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 37.2 seconds.

Missouri River/Grand Pass Conservation Area (Saline County, MO)

For the Naturalist, Grand Pass Conservation Area offers 6 miles of prime shoreline to watch the eclipse. The area consists of Missouri River bottomlands, including wetlands, river islands and more.

Enjoy an abundance migratory wetland fowl species while keeping your eyes on the sky.

Eclipse begins at 11:54:13 AM C. Duration of totality is 2 minutes, 40.2 seconds.

Platte River (Grand Island, NE)

For the Scientist and flowing 1,050 miles, the Platte River is a tributary of the Missouri River, also a tributary of the Mississippi which flows to the Gulf of Mexico.

One hour prior to the eclipse, NASA plans to launch two high-altitude weather balloons from the grounds of Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer.

Eclipse begins at 11:58 AM MDT  for 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

Boysen Reservoir, WY

For the freshwater fisherman, the Boysen Reservoir offers Wyoming’s best Walleye and Trout fishing. For the kids and kids at heart, the warm summer water offers a great venue for wakeboarding and a quick dip.

After the eclipse settle in on shore at one of the many campgrounds.

Eclipse begins at 10:19:55 AM MDT  for 2 minutes, 23 seconds.

Snake River (Huntington, OR)

For the forever wild, the Snake River along the Huntington, Oregon is surrounded by beautiful mountain views and an abundance of elk, mule deer, big horn sheep, bald eagles, bear and cougar. It’s also known as the catfish capital of the northwest.

Eclipse begins at 9:10:09 AM PDT  for 2 minutes, 9.7 seconds.

Boiler Bay, Oregon

For the early bird, Boiler Bay, Oregon will be among the first to witness the solar eclipse in the US. For those cruising along the Pacific coastline, it’s a definite can’t miss opportunity.

Eclipse begins at 10:15 AM PDT for 1 minute, 58 seconds

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